An aptitude test is an exam used to determine an individual’s skill or propensity to succeed in a given activity. Aptitude tests assume that individuals have inherent strengths and weaknesses, and have a natural inclination toward success or failure in specific areas based on their innate characteristics.
Note that an aptitude test does not test knowledge or intelligence; only a particular skill or propensity. Therefore, it is not a test for which a person can study.
⦁ An aptitude test is used to determine an individual’s ability, assessing how they are likely to perform in an area in which they have no prior training or knowledge.
⦁ Schools use aptitude tests to determine if students are inclined toward advanced placement classes or certain areas of study, such as engineering or a foreign language.
⦁ In the work world, human resources departments at some companies will use career assessment tests to learn about a potential candidate’s strengths and weaknesses.